3 pillarsThere is a dangerous trend happening in America right now. More and more people are being undernourished, leading to poor health. You may be surprised to read that. A quick look around and you see plenty of people that appear to be overweight. Here’s the crazy thing—you can be undernourished and over-caloried.

The calories that Americans tend to put in their bodies are full of saturated fats, sugars and artificial fillers. This food is light on nourishment and heavy on calories. Unfortunately, the food also triggers a pleasure response. Humans have been around for many thousands of years. We’ve evolved, but our survival instincts remain intact. We crave fats and sugars because they have the most calories. Finding these nutrients in the wild is very difficult to do, so our bodies are programmed to instantly like the taste. We can store this energy as fat for the coming winter or the next famine.

But here’s the catch—there is no famine coming. We can choose to have this kind of food whenever we want to. In fact, we can choose to have it immediately in the form of fast food. It is here that our instincts betray us.

Popular American foods are full of toxins that are fat soluble. This means that your body takes the toxin and encases it in fat in order to protect you. When there are too many toxins in the body, you start to feel ill effects. Americans are being prescribed medication at an all-time high right now. It is because the food they eat and the lifestyles that they choose to live are literally poisoning them. And here’s the kicker—your body won’t let you lose weight or feel good until those toxins are eliminated from your fat stores.

Eliminating those toxins is a two-pronged approach:

1. Diet and exercise
2. Self-love and care

The diet should be infused with natural and organic sources of food with little to no processing. This means replacing some common household items with healthier choices, such as sprouted wheat breads, avocados instead of mayo, chia seeds instead of pepper and sea salt instead of the chemically derived table salt. These natural foods will eventually work the toxins out of your body.

The next step is to take care of yourself with physical exercise and massage. It is scientific fact that people are happier, healthier, smarter and more energetic when they exercise. But one of the things that exercise does for you as far as detoxing goes is that gets the blood flowing. Blood carries those new nutrients and oxygen to all parts of your body. And fresh blood cleanses. It not only fortifies the creation of new lean muscle, but it will heal old injuries, alleviate body pain and run those toxins out of your fat stores. It is of the utmost importance, however, that the blood be enriched with clean nutrition from organic and natural sources.

Last, but not least—self-care. Tension and stress keep all those harmful toxins stored in your body. Tension and stress keep your muscles tight so they won’t let go of pain. And tight, tense muscles don’t let that newly nitrified blood to reach every part of your body.

You need to loosen up your tight muscles and melt stress with therapeutic massage. And that is what we offer at Pro Sports Massage and Spa in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is the third leg on the pedestal for optimum health. Release all of that tightness so that your new diet can enrich your body and detoxify. Plus, massage can help you let go of stress, which induces your own body to create destructive stress hormones like cortisol.